Sunday, July 29, 2012

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 29th July 2012

Foulkstown Cemetery Mass
Thanks to all who joined in last Thursday’s annual Mass at Foulkstown Cemetery.  It was wonderful to behold such a large congregation and the fine weather was a blessing from the Lord.

Thanks to the members of the Cemetery Committee for their hard work not just on this occasion but continually throughout the year.  We would like to express our appreciation to the Gardai and stewards who enabled the event to run smoothly.  Thanks also to all who tidied up family and neighbours’ graves in preparation for the Mass.

Pray for our Deceased Friends
Recent Deaths: Chris Murphy, Tullaroan and late of 7 Cypress Green, Loughboy.  Reposing at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Freshford. Funeral prayers  at 10.45am on Monday followed by removal to Tullaroan Church for Requiem Mass at 12.00 noon.  Noel O’Connor, formerly St Joseph’s, Waterford Road and Wexford.

Months Mind: Andy Lawlor (Sun 11.00). Teresa Howe (Sun 12.00).

Anniversaries: Thomas McGuire (Sat 7.00) Paul Ryan (Sun 10.00). Jim Corcoran (Sun 10.30).  Mick Coonan, Margaret Tynan, Jim Devlin, Delia O’Hara, Martin Doheny, Joseph Browne.

Intentions for next weekend: Eileen Grace (Sat 6.15). Declan Wyley (Sat 7.00 Months Mind). Denis Treacy (Sun 10.00). Martin Mulhall (Sun 11.00).

Golden Jubilee in Religious Life
Congratulations to Sr. Anne McEneaney, St. Patrick’s, Kells Road on her golden jubilee as a Sister of Charity.

Weekly Envelope Collection
Thank you for €1,487.25 contributed to the envelope collection last weekend.

First Friday of August
The first Friday of August falls this week.  The priests will visit the sick and housebound at the usual times.

Seventeen young people and their leaders from our parish are going to the 23rd Youth Fest in Medjugorge [in total 56 young people will travel]. The group would like to thank everybody from the parish who helped in any way over the past few months to support the young people and to make this trip possible.  A Mass will be offered for your intentions on Tuesday, 31st July.

St Rioch’s Cemetery Mass
Mass will be celebrated in St. Rioch’s Cemetery on Thursday, 2nd August at 7.30pm.  If weather is inclement Mass will be celebrated in the Capuchin Friary. 

Kilkenny Citizens’ Information Centre
Kilkenny Citizens Information Centre provides a free and confidential information service to the people of Kilkenny City and County. The Centre is now recruiting additional volunteers to help with its work. If you can commit 3 hours per week and are interested in helping, please telephone for further information and an application form. Tel: 0761 07 7910.

Your Mental Health
Coming Soon: “Your Mental Health and Caring for It”  GROW’s free Introduction Course to Mental Health and Wellbeing.  Place: Kilkenny.  Topics Covered: Stress, Relationship, etc.  Contact to book your place: Mary Walsh – 087 284 3424.

Loughboy Library
Loughboy/The Village Oral History Project will meet in the Library on Thursday, 2nd August at 10.00am.  Booking and information from Connie 086 771 8040.

The Summer Reading Challenge for children runs until 18th August. 
The Olympic Games - books and activity sheets available.
Toddler Hour with Storytime is held every Thursday at 11.30am. 

Oral History Project
Loughboy/The Village Oral History Project, Kilkenny VEC, Kilkenny LEADER Partnership & the Heritage Officer are in the process of developing a project to explore how we name the city. It is envisaged that this project will be based on a series of conversations or workshops populated by people from the city. The workshops will seek to explore;

1. Origins of the names
2. Mapping the names in to the city and layering these over the parish names.
3. Identifying the distinguishing features attached  to each names
4. History of the relationships between the areas.

We want to hear your stories. Workshops commence in Loughboy Library on Thursday, 2nd August from 10.00 – 12.00. If you are interested please contact Connie McGee on 086 771 8040 or KLP main office on 056 775 2111.

National Pastoral Conference
A three day conference in support of the work of renewal and reform entitled ‘Communion and Co-Responsibility in the Church’ will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone from 13th to 15th September.  The conference is organized by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and aims

· to further the work of renewal and reform in the Catholic Church in Ireland at this time
· to enhance the capacity of participants to work for renewal and reform in their own contexts
· to mark the 50th anniversary of the opening of Vatican II and look ahead to the Year of Faith.

Keynote theological reflections will be offered by Richard Gaillardetz, Boston College.

For further information and booking contact Julieann Moran, Columba Centre, Maynooth, Co Kildare.  Telephone 01 505 3025.

More detailed information is available on our diocesan website:
Franciscan BrothersClaraCo Offaly24th July 2012
Dear Priests and Parishioners of St. Patrick’s,
Greetings and peace and love to all.
Thank you so very much for the great welcome you gave us when we visited your parish last weekend.  The reception you gave us is a great affirmation of the work we do among some of the poorest people on earth.  Your tremendous kindness and generosity in these difficult times is a wonderful boost for all of us but especially for the brothers working in Kenya and Uganda.  Your prayers are a special source of inspiration.  Sometimes we encounter problems that are beyond human solving and it is then that we depend on your prayers and the power of  a loving God.
We have little to offer you for your wonderful kindness and generosity except to let you know that you are remembered in the daily prayers of the brothers.  You and your families are also remembered with a small fast and a climb of Croagh Patrick.
 We will be good guardians of the trust you have placed in us.  We will use efficiently, effectively and wisely the generous resources you have given to us.
May the Good Lord and St Francis of Assisi bless and reward your great kindness and generosity.
Br Brian Johnson OSF         Br Tony Dolan OSF
PS: Your generous contribution amounted to €5,900.00.  Thank you.